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Sales of single-family homes will rise modestly again in 2016 and median sales prices should be up 3% to 5%, trade groups and researchers say. While rising mortgage rates and a shortage of first-time buyers may temper that outlook some, the coming year should be another seller's market for real estate. Despite an upsurge in construction, home inventories remain low and multiple offers are still common. While a 6-month home supply is considered a balanced housing market, most markets are well below that, some significantly. Moreover, supporting fundamentals are far more solid than about a decade ago in the pre-bust years of 2006-2007.

With that as a backdrop, here are 10 tips for buying and selling real estate in a presumed up-market in 2016.


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While it’s usually the big schools that get all of the notice in the various ranking services, High School Football America believes that there’s great level being played at all levels of the game.  That’s why, beginning this year, we’re adding a Medium Schools and Small Schools Top 25 to our National Top 25.  All of our polls are created with our proprietary algorithm.

This year, the #1 Medium School is Eastside Catholic from from Sammamish, Washington.  The Crusaders also finished #23 in our national poll.

This past season, Eastside Catholic won its second straight Washington Class 3A title by overcoming a 28-point second half deficit to beat Bellevue 48-42 in overtime.

Finishing behind Eastside Catholic in the Medium Schools National Top…

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Likability is a powerful force to get prospects and your peers to trust you more. Deceit isn’t behind the following tricks to make you more likable, recently featured at Forbes.com, but a few traits to keep in mind that can unconsciously influence others to see you in a new light. Here are a few:

1. Use silence to your advantage.

“When you ask someone a question and they’re slow to respond, don’t feel pressure to move the conversation forward,” Forbes columnist Travis Bradberry notes. “Remaining silent plays to your advantage. Moments of silence make people feel as though they should speak, especially when the ball is in their court.” Silence can be a golden tool in negotiations and when in difficult conversations.

2. Open hands and open…

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$456,777 - 4201 S Spencer ST, Seattle

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 1.75
   Sq. Footage: 1,720
   Year Built: 1920
   Garage Spaces: 1
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 878043
  Jared Tadique
Real Estate Broker
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Beautifully remodeled Hillman City home. This 3 bed, 1 3/4 bath home is a FULL remodel from the new roof down to the landscaping. The inviting open floor plan features a new kitchen with new cherry shaker cabinets, a new stainless steel sink, new granite counter tops,…

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$525,000 - 9028 14th Ave NW, Seattle

   Bedrooms: 3
   Bathrooms: 2.75
   Sq. Footage: 1,400
   Year Built: 1940
   Garage Spaces: 1
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 877707
  Jared Tadique
Real Estate Broker
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Remodeled Crown Hill home with full MIL and bonus room. Many possibilities for owner occupant or investor. Rent out both, live in one and rent out the other, or just use as extra space. Entire home has new paint, new carpets, hardwood floors. Main house has new kitchen…

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New Roof Is Greatest Remodeling Value

Aside from the need to upgrade worn out features, two of the biggest reasons owners put money into remodeling are to increase the home’s value and to improve their enjoyment of the home. But according to a new report from the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), there’s not a lot of overlap between those two goals.

Interior projects the study examined:

New master suite
Kitchen upgrade
Complete kitchen renovation
Bathroom renovation
Add new bathroom
Basement conversion to living area
Attic conversion to living area
Insulation upgrade
Closet renovation
New wood flooring
Hardwood flooring refinish
HVAC replacement

The first-ever…

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Welcome To The Cascade Team Shawn LeProwse!

Shawn LeProwse

  • Cell: 206-920-1032
  • Office: 1-800-509-6905 ext. 1102
  • Fax: 425-996-9520
  • Email: Shawn@thecascadeteam.com

We are happy to welcome Shawn LeProwse to The Cascade Team! 

End to end sales driving successful closings of 38 transactions in first three years as a broker. By providing excellent service I have built a strong base of referrals and repeat customers. I have leveraged my passion of real estate to help clients realize their investment goals. Acting as a trusted advisor for first time home buyers, I make the complex and often huge financial transaction of purchasing a home smooth and often fun! Now joining The Cascade Team I am looking forward to taking my business to…

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A real-life gingerbread house! Known for her amazing themed home decorations, Christine McConnell showed her holiday spirit with this giant gingerbread house makeover. The incredible décor took a staggering effort of seven full 15-hour days of work to complete.  

When Christine McConnell decorates her house for the holidays, she decorates her house. Literally. She decorates the whole thing.

With Christmas fast approaching, the house has been decked out in peppermint candy trim and giant gingerbread man cookies. Decorating the house to this degree of detail was no small feat. After a few weeks of brainstorming, taking inspiration particularly from Clark Griswold’s Christmas efforts in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, she jumped into…

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$1,000,000 - 44 Summit Way, Snoqualmie Pass

   Bedrooms: 4
   Bathrooms: 2.25
   Sq. Footage: 3,220
   Year Built: 1999
   Garage Spaces: 2
   Type: Residential
   MLS® Number: 876798
  Linda McFarlane
Managing Broker of The Cascade Team North Bend
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This beautiful cedar chalet offers mountain views from the front and the back of the home. This lovely home backs to the ski area Snoqualmie West. Immediate access to the ski slope is a rare find. Higher end neighborhood with new…

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$310,000 - 23722 SE Summerhill Ln , Sammamish

   Bedrooms: 2
   Bathrooms: 2
   Sq. Footage: 1,028
   Year Built: 1999
   Garage Spaces: 1
   Type: Condominium
   MLS® Number: 876502
  Diego J. Vitelli
Managing Broker/Property Manager
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Former model in Summerhill Village Condos in desirable Issaquah. Desirable main floor end unit w/ marble gas fireplace, French doors. Open floor plan offers kitchen w/eating bar, dining area. Master w/ walk-in closet & private bath w/ soaking…

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